Marelle Goodlander joined Kasirer after completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, a postgraduate leadership training program in which fellows complete high-impact projects for host organizations across sectors in New York City. Through the fellowship, Marelle analyzed public issues and gained exposure to high-level decision-makers.
One of her placements was with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), an antipoverty policy and advocacy organization. Marelle created campaign materials and a strategy to collect testimony and stories for the Career Ladder Project, an effort to raise wages for social service workers. She then pitched the campaign in meetings with elected officials and community groups—resulting in a wage increase for more than 10,000 New Yorkers.
On other Coro projects, Marelle worked to streamline processes for the NYC Department of Finance; structure a mentoring program for Con Edison’s
organizational development team; create an outreach plan to unionize community-based child care workers at District Council 1707; campaign with the Working Families Party; and forecast priority areas for growth in Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice.
Prior to the fellowship, Marelle worked at Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a San Francisco-based not-for-profit organization, collaborating with Fortune 1000 companies and government agencies to foster safe and welcoming environments for LGBT employees. Marelle supported fundraising efforts, the CEO and the executive team, as well as planning events and working directly with corporate executives.
Marelle earned her BA in sociology with a minor in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley.